Camel Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Fishing at Camel Lake

Surrounding one of the few crystal-clear lakes in the Apalachicola National Forest, Camel Lake Recreation Area provides a quiet place to relax and take in the beauty of the longleaf pine forest. Seepage slopes in the forest create pitcher plant bogs, easily visited along the Florida Trail headed west to Memery Island. Above the lake's rim, the focal points of this recreation area are the well-shaded ten-site campground, suitable for RVs or tents, and the day use recreation area with its picnic tables, picnic shelter, and sandy beach for swimming.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round. Summer hours: 9am to 4pm. Winter hours: 8am to 6pm.
Reservations: All sites at Camel Lake are available to reserve. If you walk in or arrive without a reservation, you must either make a reservation by phone or understand that you may be asked to move at any time for a guest who has a reservation for the site, Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Day Use Fees - $5/vehicle per day. Free for Senior or Access passholders.
Camping Fees - $20/campsite plus $5 for electric hookups. Half price for Senior or Access passholders.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Bristol, Hosford
Water: Potable
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: National Forests in Florida
Information Center: Electric trolling motors or paddle boats are welcome on the lake.

General Information


The parking area is paved, enabling accessible access from your vehicle to the picnic area and restrooms.


Take SR 20 west from Tallahassee through Hosford to Bristol. Turn south on SR 12. Continue south to the Apalachicola National Forest boundary sign and look for a sign for Camel Lake soon after you pass the work station and trailhead on the left. Turn left on Forest Road 105, which is an unpaved road. Drive 2 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.

Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Shelter and tables
Drinking water
Toilets Flush w/bathhouse
Boat ramp
Fee charged for some activities Day use
Tent camping 10 sites total
Accessible Picnic area
Camping trailer 5 sites with hookups
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